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February 16, 2021
4 Wing Command Team hosts a virtual Town Hall
4 Wing Commander, Col Dave Moar, addresses the Defence Team on the 4 Wing Cold Information/Information 4e Escadre Cold Lake Facebook Group during a livestreamed Town Hall. THE COURIER NEWS The 4 Wing Command Team held a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, February 10 that was livestreamed on the 4 Wing Cold Lake Information/Information 4e Escadre Cold Lake Facebook Group over the lunch hour. Wing Commander, Col Dave Moar, Wing Chief Warrant Officer, CWO Lee Darling and Deputy Wing Commander, LCol Alain Gagnon hosted the session
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commenting on operations, the effect of COVID-19 restrictions and the way ahead, as well as answering questions submitted by members in advance and through the comments during the session. The plan is to host a Town Hall every month virtually on the Facebook group with the intent to have more direct communications with Wing leadership and the members of 4 Wing and their families. If you are part of the 4 Wing Defence Team and
are not a member of the 4 Wing Cold Lake Information/ Information 4e Escadre Cold Lake Facebook Group, be sure to request access to the group so you can see all relevant information important to 4 Wing off the DWAN. In Col Moar’s closing comments, he stated that “we are working hard to succeed but we are succeeding.” We will get through these unique times by working together and focusing on what is most important, each other.
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Command Team Perspective: A Pandemic is No Match for TALENT RCAF When we launched the last PERSpectives Winter edition almost a year ago, no one could have foreseen that in a matter of weeks we would be thrust into a new -and still ongoingwork environment, one that would significantly affect the way many of us would interact with each other. As the RCAF has adjusted and readjusted -ensuring our defence commitments continue to be met while we keep each other safe- we have sought to keep open opportunities for innovation as well as improve the overall wellbeing of our team. Op TALENT remains a top priority for 2021 and success has been steady. Most notably, the RCAF has two new occupations: the new Air Operations Officer and the RCAF Reserve Air Operations Support Technician, for which numbers continue to grow across Canada as the occupations rolls out at more wings. We’ve made technical improvements to benefit our maintenance community, allowing them more time to work on airframes through easier access to timely information, and have streamlined some individual readiness and air maintenance training programs to help achieve a healthier work-life balance. As we proceed into this new year,
Op TALENT efforts involve tackling systemic issues within the training domain to determine lasting, long-term benefits. Firstly, this means optimizing the path to the Occupational Functional Point for all air occupations by mapping out the training flows for each occupation, eliminating or reducing gaps and redundancies, and establishing effective and efficient management processes and tools for those flows. Secondly, we need to establish a suitable update to the Basic Training List management system (i.e. objectives, oversight, and tools) to ensure that time spent waiting for training is productive, motivating and sets members up for long-term career success. Increased recognition of individual achievements continues to be a goal. The improved annual evaluation process, PaCE, will be trialed this year starting with the Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator (AES Op) occupation, and the honours and awards process will be more open, accessible and timely. Improving life for our families also remains paramount. The cooperative Family Sponsor Program will soon be renamed the “Family Connection Program” to reduce confusion with the military unit sponsor program. More news about this development will be
provided in the next PERSpectives issue, so watch for it. Joined by all levels of the RCAF’s leadership we encourage open dialogue to find areas for improvement and to find solutions. In the coming months, RCAF General Officers and their Chief Warrant Officers will conduct Town Halls at the Wings, which will provide
great opportunities for dialogue. We must continue to ensure all of our teammates can thrive within an inclusive and supportive workplace. Working together, while keeping each other safe, we will continue to shape the RCAF of the future while striving to improve quality of life and quality of service today.
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On February 11, 2021, Capt Marcus Lee, one of the Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF) students, was awarded his completion certificate for finishing the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) Phase IV course on the CT-155 Hawk and earning his RSAF pilot wings. He will now be heading back to Singapore and then proceeding to train on the F-16. Congratulations on completion of this training. 419 Squadron is an international centre of excellence for military pilot training. The training program provides instruction to five participating nations (Canada, Singapore, Hungary, United Kingdom, and Germany).
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Preserving history a labour of love JOY SMITH, REPORTER An item has been donated to the Cold Lake Air Force Museum (CLAFM) now what happens to it? Jennifer Ross, Curator of the CLFM and Wanda Stacey, Collections assistant at the museum takes us through the process that turns a donated item into an artifact. First there is paperwork: all donors must complete a form signing ownership of the item over to the CLAFM. Artifacts that could possibly be infested with bugs or been in contact with rodents are quarantined to prevent the infestation from spreading to the rest of the collection. Items are placed in plastic bags, which will suffocate any suspected vermin. With COVID-19 protocols now in place, all donated items regardless of their condition are quarantined for two weeks. Once the item is out of quarantine, a report is completed outlining what condition the item arrived in and what facilities and/ or skills will be needed to preserve the artifact. Any necessary repairs or conservation is performed and the item is cleaned. Then Wanda delves into the database to see if the museum already owns a similar item, the condition of that item and if it has a back story. Following strict protocols, Wanda attaches a small accession label to each removable part of the artifact. The label records the year the artifact was donated, the donor number and the item number. For example, a complete dress uniform is made up of several parts,
each part is labeled, then all the information collected about the artifact such as history, physical condition, special markings, etc. is entered into the database. Then it’s time to find the artifact a home; this could involve anything from finding space on a shelf to making special boxes that will protect WWI helmets which are vulnerable to the elements. CLAFM is a notfor-profit organization with a very limited budget, so staff need to become very creative; they conserve items properly but in the most economical way. Record keeping is vital and time consuming. Every time an artifact is added to the inventory or moved this change is recorded in the database. Special precautions are taken to keep the collection healthy; museum staff are constantly conducting checks making sure there are no leaks in the building, they watch for signs of rodent or bug infestations and continually monitor humidity levels which are kept at about 50% throughout the museum. Special care is taken when handling and moving artifacts and wearing gloves when handling an item is a must. UV light is one of the worst degrading factors for an artifact but moving that artifact is almost just as bad. When moving an item, museum staff must plan the route they intend to take during the move, taking note of any obstacles or possible trip hazards along the way. The artifact must be carried a certain way and the person moving the item must make sure not to wear jewelry
or clothing that could get snagged on the piece. Very few pieces in the CLAFM collection have any substantial information recorded about them; only about 25 percent and in some cases, technology is to blame. With advances in computer technology happening at lightning speed, staff at the museum are struggling to keep up. For example, some of the museum’s artifact information is stored on floppy disks, with the constant upgrade of computers, museum staff now have no way to retrieve that information. One of the biggest challenges for museum curators is how to maintain clear and accurate documentation of their artifacts in a format that is readable to everyone without the need for special equipment. Museum exhibits are a snap shot in time; you don’t get the entire experience but you get an idea of the way things were and that is worth hanging on to. It’s impossible to know all the details of the past because most are gone but museums give us an idea of how things were. To the best of their ability Jennifer and Wanda are showing the world what it was like in Cold Lake during the Cold War but it’s not the complete story. Get in touch with the past by visiting one of many museums in the Lakeland area. Pending any COVID-19 restrictions, the CLAFM typically opens to the public starting on the May long weekend until September. You can visit their website at https://www. coldlakemuseums.org/about/ air-force-museum/ for more information.
An example of interesting artifacts on display at the CLAFM: a copy of Standing Orders for Married Quarters and some examples of Sweetheart jewelry. Servicemen as early as WWI send their loved ones jewelry to wear patriotism and support for the war effort.
Here is just one of the collection rooms at the museum where many artifacts are stored for safe keeping.
Is it time for your mammogram? Screen Test is coming to Cold Lake March 1 to 9, 2021 Alberta Health Services – Screen Test brings breast cancer screening mobile mammography clinics to women across Alberta. Call 1-800-667-0604 (toll-free) to book a mammogram. Here are some common myths and facts about breast cancer screening: Myth #1: Monthly selfexamination is the best way to find breast cancer early. What is most important is that women know how their breasts normally look and feel – from the whole area of breast tissue up to the collarbone and including the armpit. While it is not necessary to have a regimented method for checking your breasts, call your healthcare provider right away if you notice any unusual changes.
Myth #2: Regular mammograms can’t find small tumors any sooner than women could find themselves. Screening mammograms find many small tumors approximately 2-3 years before they can be felt. That’s why screening is so important — it can find cancer before it has a chance to become more serious. Who should have a screening mammogram? Women 50 to 74 should plan to have a mammogram every 2 years and may self-refer. Women 40 to 49 should discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their doctor, and need a referral for their first appointment. There is no cost for this service. For more information visit: www.screeningforlife.ca.
A screening mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early. And it can truly save your life.
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Cold Lake March 1 to 9, 2021 Cervical and colorectal screening is also available March 1 to 5 as part of a project with AHS Screening Programs. Appointments are required. Please call
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British Colombia Canadian Ranger receives international accolades for good deed CANADIAN RANGER LINDSAY CHUNG, 4TH CANADIAN RANGER PATROL GROUP
in the Yukon for CR Bath and his family. CR Bath thinks the whole draw of the story is that people are happy to hear good news. Canadian Ranger (CR) Gary Bath of Fort St. “I appreciate everyone saying congratulations and John, who is a member of the Pouce Coupe Canadian good job and thanks for being nice and stuff like that,” Ranger Patrol in northern British Columbia, has he said. found himself doing countless television, radio and Since the drive, CR Bath has stayed in contact with newspaper interviews for national and international Lynn Marchessault, and they speak online every day. media outlets in the past few months. The famous drive In November, CR Bath helped reunite a military Lynn Marchessault was driving with her two family from the United States in time for the holiday children from Georgia to Alaska in mid-November season by driving Lynn Marchessault and her two to reunite with her husband Staff Sergeant Tim children more than 1,600 kilometres after they were Marchessault, who is stationed with the United States caught in a snowstorm, and people in Canada, the Army at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. Several U.S. and even Europe have grabbed onto the story of days into their trip, they were caught in a snow storm CR Bath’s generosity and willingness to jump in and in northern B.C. help others. The power of social media was a positive in this CR Bath is back in the news this month, as instance, as it connected several players in the military the American nut company Planters found out community who were able to ensure the family was about his good deed and is honouring him and the reunited. Marchessaults. “Teena Sew first ran into Lynn and helped her This year, instead of spending $5 million on a out,” said CR Bath. “When they got to Pink Mountain, Super Bowl commercial, the company decided to Lynn said she couldn’t drive any further, so Teena put highlight stories of people who went “a nut above” to a call out on Facebook, and then Tanya Hunt saw her help others and is spending that money on them and post, so she shared it, and Joe Elliott saw Tanya’s post the initiatives they support. Planters is giving both the and re-shared it, and I saw Joe’s post. Seeing Joe’s CR Bath and Marchessault families a new car and a post, I saw people’s comments of how they wished they lifetime supply of nuts. could help or they’d like to donate money to help and CR Bath says he was surprised and “extremely nobody really saying they could drive all the way, so I happy” when he heard from Planters. just talked to my wife, and she said ‘what are you still “They sent us a message through Facebook doing here?’” Messenger, and the note started off with ‘this may CR Bath drove Lynn, her two children, two dogs sound crazy, but it’s the truth. Keep reading,’” he said. and a cat in a pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer “They read our story and wanted to give us a gift.” more than 1,600 kilometres from Pink Mountain, CR Bath has been amazed by all the media B.C., to the Yukon-Alaska border near Beaver Creek, attention the story has received Yukon. The drive took two and a half days. “It’s been quite crazy and very busy with all the When CR Bath found out about Lynn phone calls and interviews,” he said. “When we first Marchessault’s predicament, it didn’t take him long to did it, I just figured that a few friends on Facebook spring into action. would see it, and that’s as far as it would go. To see “For me, it was really easy,” he said. “I didn’t really that it is going around the world pretty much for the think much about how long it would take or anything second time, it’s just very shocking.” like that. I didn’t even think about how I was going to In December, Major-General Peter B. Andrysiak get home because I knew I had Joe [Elliott], and my Jr., the Commanding Officer of United States Army local MLA, Don Davies, was trying to find me a ride, Alaska, sent CR Bath a large medallion and a letter of so I just left everything in their hands. There are a thanks, expressing gratitude and admiration for CR few people who had donated money for a plane ticket Baths’ character and integrity. for me to get home, so we really only had to figure Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist W. out how I was going to get from Beaver Creek back to Brett Wilson has offered an all-expenses-paid vacation Whitehorse.” On the return journey, CR Bath received a ride from an RCMP officer from the U.S. border to Beaver Creek, then a local mechanic gave him a ride to Whitehorse. He spent the night in Whitehorse and caught a flight home the next day. Service comes naturally to CR Bath CR Bath has been a member with the Pouce
Coupe CRP for almost three years. “One of my friends was in the Canadian Rangers, and he told me what they do, and it sounded interesting,” he said. “I went down and went to a patrol meeting one night, and they said it was fun and every now and then, they get to go out and help people, and I said, ‘that sounds like something I would like to do.’” Although much of the training has been paused due to COVID-19 and public health orders, CR Bath did complete the Canadian Ranger Basic Military Indoctrination and met many Rangers and Canadian Ranger Instructors. He has enjoyed meeting new people and learning new things. Before joining 4 CRPG, CR Bath served as a member of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) in Fort St. John and with the Cadet Corps in Ontario. He served with the CIC for five years.
Canadian Ranger Gary Bath of the Pouce Coupe Canadian Ranger Patrol, pictured here during his Canadian Ranger Basic Military Indoctrination training at CFB Albert Head, has been a Canadian Ranger for nearly three years. He previously served with the Cadet Instructors Cadre in Fort St. John and the Cadet Corps in Ontario.
From left to right, Selena and Gary Bath bring winter coats to Lynn Marchessault in Pink Mountain, British Columbia, in November 2020. From there, Gary Bath, a Canadian Ranger who lives in Fort St. John, drove Marchessault, her children and her pets more than 1,600 kilometres to the Yukon-Alaska border so she could reunite with her husband, a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Pictured from left are Beaver Creek RCMP Corporal Robert Drapeau, Canadian Ranger Gary Bath, Lynn Marchessault, Payton Marchessault, Rebecca Marchessault and Staff Sergeant Tim Marchessault near the Canada-U.S. border crossing in November 2020. Bath, who lives in Fort St. John and is a member of the Pouce Coupe Canadian Ranger Patrol, drove Lynn Marchessault and her children two and a half days from Pink Mountain, British Columbia, to Beaver Creek, Yukon, so they could be reunited with Tim.
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021
THE FUTURE IS NOW Celebrating Influential Black Canadians
William Edward Hall
Violet King (1929-1982)
Violet King Violet King was the first Black person to obtain a law degree in Alberta and the first Black person admitted to the Alberta Bar. Overall, she was Canada’s first Black female lawyer. She was also the first woman appointed to Wikipedia an executive position in the YMCA in William Edward Hall (VC) the United States. King attended the University of Victoria Cross recipient William to Lucknow, India, where a British Hall was born in 1827 in Horton, Nova garrison was besieged. Two survived the Alberta in 1948, and out of 142 students, Scotia, the youngest of seven children. attack, Seaman Hall and Lieutenant she was one of the only three in the His parents, Jacob and Lucy Hall, were Thomas Young, but only Hall was left Faculty of Law. She was a member of former enslaved Americans who had standing, and he continued to fight the Blue Stocking Club — a discussion come to Nova Scotia as a result of the until the relief of the garrison was group for women with an emphasis on War of 1812. Hall grew up on the family assured. For this outstanding display history and public affairs. She was also farm beside the Avon River, and it is of bravery, he was awarded the Victoria Vice-President of the students’ union and representative of the students’ believed that he received some training Cross. in navigation, a subject that was being William Hall was presented with union to the National Federation of taught to young Black males in Halifax his Victoria Cross on October 28, Canadian University Students. In 1951at the time. 1859, on board the Her Majesty’s Ship 52, she was elected as class historian and William Hall launched his seafaring (HMS) Donegal while the ship sat in was the 1952 Alberta representative to career at the age of seventeen, first Queenstown Harbour, Ireland. With the International Student Conference joining the crew of an American trading this award, he became the first Black in Ontario. In 1953, she was the only vessel in 1844 as a merchant seaman. In person, the first Nova Scotian and the woman in her graduating class. King practiced law in Calgary for 1852, he enlisted in the Royal Navy in first Canadian sailor to receive this several years and gave speeches publicly Liverpool as an Able Seaman. Before outstanding honour. long, Hall was decorated with British Hall died on his farm in Avonport about racism. In November 1953, she and Turkish medals for his service in on August 27, 1904, and is buried in described the challenges women had the Crimean War. Hantsport, Nova Scotia, where his grave faced in the work force, and expressed In 1857, while serving on the Her is marked by a monument at the Baptist hope in the future that greater would Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Shannon, Hall church. His Victoria Cross is preserved be placed on a person’s ability rather than their race or gender. King later volunteered with a relief force sent at the Nova Scotia Museum.
worked in Ottawa for Citizenship and Immigration for seven years as executive assistant to the chief of the Liaison Branch, and directing programs with the Canadian Citizenship Council. Her work involved travelling around Canada to meet with leaders of different service and community organizations. In 1963, King moved to New Jersey to become executive director of the YMCA’s Community Branch and took on the role of assisting Black applicants seeking employment. In 1969, she moved to Chicago to become director of planning, and later director of manpower. In 1976, she was appointed executive director of the National Council of YMCA’s Organizational Development Group. In 1998, King was inducted into the National YMCA Hall of Fame. Although she passed away from cancer at only age 52, King’s life consisted of important milestones that broke down barriers for Black people in Canada, particularly because it was extremely difficult to enter the legal profession for all women, especially those who belonged to a racial minority. She is an inspiration for those who work hard and aspire to do great things in their field.
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Military Spouse Employment Initiative: Sara Schnabel DEFENCE STORIES I have been a military spouse for many years. I would apply for tons of positions and never got a call back. It was like unless you knew someone, and because of the potential to being posted, I had a hard time getting jobs. A lot of the times, employers can be biased against military spouses due to potential postings. When we were posted to Cold Lake in August 2018, and I applied to the Military Spouse Employment Initiative (MSEI) right away. Applying was easy; I posted my resume, and applied for casual positions in one go. I was put in a pool where hiring managers can see my skill sets rather than a blank resume. By applying to the MSEI, I was able to show who I was. Within 2 months, I was hired as a switchboard casual position on a 90-day contract with DND. After the contract ended, I was re-added to the MSEI pool and was hired on a 2-year contract as a Contract Clerk with RPOps. It was easier to get re-hired since I already had a PRI and a foot in the door. The MSEI created more opportunities for me to get a more permanent position. The biggest impact of the MSEI for me is that I can work outside the home. I’m in a wheelchair and since I started working at DND, the accommodations they’ve made for my disability have been phenomenal and very inclusive. I’ve always been the type of person to be able to figure things out on my own, but this time, they’ve done that for me. Because I now live and work on base, it’s allowed me to spend more time with my family. Before, my husband and I worked separately and we never had the togetherness that we’re finding now. We have a totally new stride to our family. My daughter was able to come to “Take Your Kid to Work Day” and was able to spend time with both parents, which made it more special.
Our kids take a lot of pride in their parents, and even though Mommy’s not in uniform, we’re both serving our country. I would encourage military spouses to take the position, even if it’s a 90-day contract, because it opens up the doors. It gives hiring managers an idea
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Remembering Capt. Rev. William A. White
ebruary is Black History Month. It’s a time to celebrate and honour the contributions of Black Canadians. Within the CAF we commemorate the sacrifices and achievements of Black Canadians who serve, including the incredible contributions of Captain the Reverend William A. White. When the First World War broke out, thousands of Black Canadians would flock to enlist, only to be turned away and told there was no place for them in a “white man’s war.” They would not be deterred though, and Black Canadians across the country participated in a pro-enlistment campaign. Under this pressure, the No. 2 Construction Battalion (No. 2 CB) was created on 5 July 1916. Nearly 700 black men from across Canada enlisted in what would be the only segregated black battalion in the Canadian military. They trained in Truro and Pictou, N.S. before heading overseas on 28 March 1917. When they arrived in the Jura Region of France, the Battalion was attached to the Canadian Forestry Corps where they would serve with courage and great honour until the end of the war. During the war, all but one of the No. 2 CB’s 19 officers were white. The only exception was their chaplain, Captain the Reverend William A. White. He would be the first and only black officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI. White was born 16 June, 1874, to former slaves, James Andrew White and Elizabeth Walker. He grew up in a remote area of northeast Virginia, U.S.A. White moved to Nova Scotia in 1899 in order to attended Acadia University where he studied theology. He graduated in 1903 and became the pastor at the Zion Baptist Church in Truro, N.S. in 1905. When the war broke out, he championed the determination of men of colour to be able to serve
of who you are. Taking anything you can get. It doesn’t matter if you’re able or disabled, the MSEI is unbiased. For more information on how to apply for a job or on how to access the inventory, visit the Military Spouse Employment Initiative website or contact the National Staffing Programs team.
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king and country. White enlisted to provide spiritual care and support for the members of the No. 2 CB. He faced discrimination and difficulties, especially from white soldiers who would not accept his ministrations, even though they often lacked services of a clergyman. But White faced these challenges with courage and fortitude, consistently advocating for the welfare of the troops and once placing himself between his own unit and a group of white soldiers in order to avert a riot. Captain the Reverend William A. White lived a life marked by firsts and his unrelenting dedication to the welfare of the troops continues to set the example for chaplains in the CAF who would follow in his footsteps.
Rev. William White attended Acadia University and graduated with a BA in theology in 1903. He was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 1936.
Capt. Rev. William A. White served as the chaplain for the No. 2 Construction Battalion
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38. Mythical creature 41. Hums 43. Mountain in Antarctica 44. Neighborhood in Manhattan 45. Distinctive practice 46. Vice president 47. Contributes to 49. Small bones 56. Oil company 57. Empire State
CAPRICORN - December 22 - January 19 Capricorn, even if you don’t say much, there is a lot of chatter going on in your head. Take some time to find a quiet place and meditate for a while. AQUARIUS - January 20 - February 18 Sometimes you just have to take a risk without vetting all of the possible outcomes, Aquarius. If it feels like it’s a good time to make a change, embrace the opportunity. PISCES - February 19 - March 20 This week is the ideal opportunity to show strength and exhibit your organizational skills, Pisces. Don’t be afraid to think big. ARIES - March 21 - April 19 Aries, you are feeling ambitious this week, so it might be time to try a new hobby or other interest. Write down your goals and see if any align with potential hobbies. TAURUS - April 20 - May 20 Taurus, some nice surprises are likely to come your way, especially in your private life. Enjoy every moment as it unfolds and express your appreciation when applicable. GEMINI - May 21 - June 21 Gemini, you are likely to upstage everyone else this week because people simply cannot get enough of your magnetic personality. If you grow weary of the limelight, take a break. CANCER - June 22 - July 22 Cancer, clear your social schedule in favor of some quiet time at home. Such a respite can provide a great opportunity to reflect and make a new plan. LEO - July 23 - August 22 Leo, you have a goal to meet someone new and there’s a good chance you will discover that person in the days to come. Accept the possibility that hopes and dreams can come true. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22 Virgo, friends often end up filling familial roles. Even though a person may not be related by blood, certain friends can be relied upon through thick and thin. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22 Even though the holidays are over you may still want to continue the celebration, Libra. Find a way to socialize with friends or family in a responsible manner. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21 Scorpio, you may be finished with the business that made last month hectic. Now you are ready to start a new chapter. A calm period is ahead. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius, a potentially lucrative opportunity may present itself in the days to come. Consider all of your options and give equal though to all of them.
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Reminder: AVN/AVS/Flt Engr Work Analysis Survey By now you may have been invited to complete the AVN/AVS/Flt Engr Work Analysis Survey that started in mid-January 2021. The aim of the survey is to ensure the work you are currently assigned is captured, and to ensure the formal occupation documents match the requisite experience for selection to Flt Engr. Watch your DWAN inbox for the invitation and submit your responses no later than 28 February 2021. Who will be asked? • Flight Engineers (Flt Engrs): All Regular Force Flt Engrs at the rank of Corporal who have successfully achieved Operational Functional Point (OFP) as a Flt Engr and have at least one year working as a post-OFP Flt Engr, as well as all Regular Force Master Corporal (MCpl) and Sergeant Flt Engrs.
• Avionics Systems Technicians (AVS Techs): All Regular Force AVS Techs at or below the rank of MCpl who have successfully completed AVS Tech Qualification Level 3 (QL3) training and have been performing in the occupation for at least one year. • Aviation Systems Technicians (AVN Techs): All Regular Force AVN Techs at or below the rank of MCpl who have successfully completed AVN Tech QL3 training and have been performing in the occupation for at least one year. IMPORTANT! If you already completed the previous survey in the Fall of 2019 you will be asked NOT to complete the new survey version to prevent duplicate responses.
Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment achieves Initial Operational Capability of the Engineering Flight Test Rationalization DEFENCE STORIES
During the summer of 2020, AETE opened a On 21 January 2021, the detachment at 285 Coventry Aerospace Engineering Test Road, Ottawa, and relocated Establishment (AETE) achieved some of its personnel from Cold Initial Operational Capability Lake to Ottawa. Earlier, AETE (IOC) of the Engineering ceased its flying operations in Flight Test Rationalization Cold Lake with its personnel (EFTR) initiative. AETE is conducting the last CT114 in the process of making Tutor flights on 15 May 2020. engineering test and evaluation In September, AETE aircrew (ET&E) services more effective, began their training on efficient, and sustainable: Transport Canada’s Beechcraft AETE is relocating to Ottawa, C90A King Air simulator transforming its organizational and aircraft. TC ASD King structure and collaborating Air aircraft will be used by with the National Research AETE aircrew for flight test Council Flight Research proficiency flying. Laboratory (NRC FLR) and The EFTR initiative Transport Canada Aircraft supports Canada’s defence Services Directorate (TC ASD) policy Strong, Secure, Engaged at Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier initiatives to: International Airport. • Balance the optimal
assignment of tasks between the military, defence civilians and the private sector; • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from the 2005 levels by 2030; and • Create clusters of defence innovators to conduct leading-edge research and development in areas critical to future defence needs. EFTR was initiated in 2013 as part of the Defence Renewal strategy. In 2015, DND solicited feedback from industry to assist with the formulation and implementation of the EFTR. In 2017, a business case analysis concluded that the most effective and efficient way forward to ensure the provision of sustainable
ET&E operations was to partner and co-locate with NRC FRL and TC ASD at the Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport. Total EFTR implementation cost is estimated at $70M (base year 2017/2018, taxes excluded). EFTR will allow for the return of approximately 130 military positions to the CAF, valued at around $15M annually. The use of Transport Canada’s fuel efficient aircraft and simulators for proficiency flying, instead of military aircraft, will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 3,000 tonnes. This represents a reduction of AETE’s annual greenhouse gas emissions from proficiency flying by 58%.
AETE conducts developmental and engineering flight test and evaluation projects that are critical to the success of DND and the CAF. In the fall of 2020, an integrated test team from the AETE and the 434 Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron evaluated the multifleet Aeromedical Single Isolation Bio-containment Unit (ASIBU): the ASIBU is closer to becoming an integral part of CAF MEDEVAC operations at home and abroad. EFTR is expected to achieve Full Operational Capability (FOC) in 2023, at which time AETE will relocate into its future home, the newly renovated 14 Hangar at Uplands.
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Members of the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (Ottawa Detachment) gather in front of a C90A King Air aircraft at the Transport Canada Aircraft Services Division Hangar in Ottawa on 4 December 2020.
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